Andy Warhol’s artistic legacy has allowed for the late pop art icon’s work to be forever immortalized, although today he would have been 85 years old. No other artist has ever had such an impact on the commercialized art world as Warhol, something that allows him to be a celebrated figure, as well as a controversial one. Between the 1950s and 1970s he fused together printed, consumer-centric images with repetitive techniques, bold colors, and an even bolder point of view, producing art like the world had never seen before.
Born in Pittsburg, PA, Warhol found muses, success, and a second home in New York City during his artistic heyday. It is in NYC where he created his most iconic pop art pieces, such as the repetitive Campbell’s Soup Cans, or portraits of popular cultural figures like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Warhol was a master of art in many mediums; not only was he a pioneer in pop art, he also worked with painting, printmaking, photography, silk-screening, film, sculpture, and music. He founded Interview Magazine and also authored multiple books during his life.
New York City is also home to Andy Warhol’s “Factory” – his bohemian gallery and workspace that attracted artists, activists, and counterculture thinkers at various locations throughout the city from the 1960s through the 1980s. It is here where Warhol mentored, created, and changed the art world forever with his controversial consumerist influences and point of view. His work was ever political, provocative, and raw; his pieces, regardless of their medium, exposed controversial facets of American culture which elevated him to a position both of reverence and infamy.
Today, his art sells at auction for millions of dollars, and his life and work is commemorated in many museums and exhibits all over the world. His artistic visions have influenced pop art immensely during his life, and continue to play a role in contemporary art. A daring, smart, and eccentric human being, Andy Warhol is undoubtedly one of the most significant artistic figures of the 20th century.
Happy birthday, Andy Warhol!